192. The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe
Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (1999)
This upscale residential course wanders a lovely site in the dry, stony foothills in north San Diego County. The design is a contrast of sculpted architecture with smooth-edged, cape-and-bay style bunkering, reflection ponds and flowing fairway lines set against the property’s rugged ridges and canyons, with long views toward the Pacific off the highest points. The first nine circles through the development’s more compact residences while the second nine flares out into open country under the purview of large luxury estates. The club’s namesake bridges connect several holes that leap over valleys and the Escondido Creek ravine.
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Panelist comments, The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe:
“A classic example of how the utilization of the golf cart has allowed course designers (R.T.J. Jr.) to create a golfing experience where it would otherwise be impossible. The course runs through rugged coastal terrain of hills and canyons, often requiring long rides between locations suitable to the placement of golf holes. Quite striking and beautiful.”
“Some amazing views and shots over canyons, especially the 10th hole, which is a dogleg left. And the 11th, a fantastic par 3 over a canyon.”
“The most unique attribute of the Bridges are, not surprisingly given the course name, the numerous bridges that span spectacularly across vast expanses of canyons. No. 10 has the longest and highest of the bridges which offers wonderful views of the hole and surrounding canyon floor.”
“The back 9 is an entirely different beast with forced carries over hazards on multiple holes, coupled with tighter landing areas off the tee. The various elevation changes on the back 9 also present a variety of challenges as it relates to aim points and depth perception from tee boxes.”